posted on Jul, 16 2009 @ 01:48 PM
My corporation started lengthening operating hours and cutting payroll! Pressure increased to make sales, jobs started being cut, and it became
impossible to see my two young children. They were asleep when I left in the morning, and asleep when I came home at night. I stopped being able to
take days off, and I had to make a decision to quit the job.
I finally got a job with the state that was a strict 40 hours. My income dropped from $62K/year to $28K/year.
I let my truck go back to bank. (08 Nissan Titan, Owed $19K, but only worth $9K when gas prices hit $4/gal.)
We put the house up for sale, but the home we purchased for $165K, sunk $20K into remodelling and adding on, was only worth $130K now! After getting
no action on the sale for a year, we had to let it go to bank also, and we decided to file bankruptcy.
My wife and I, along with my parent's (Dad's job cut his hours and layed off about half of the employees!), decided to remodel their home into two
Master suites, and now we live with them and pay rent.
We are actually much happier now! I get to spend a lot of time with the kids, we have an acre yard and a pool. My parent's have some disposable
income again courtesy of our rent. The stress is off of my wife and I. Life is pretty good.
My old neighborhood is about 30% vacant. There are many homes selling at auction. We are buying extra rice, beans, canned goods, etc. We are
growing some vegetables, we have well water, and we are looking into solar power, so we will be entirely off-grid!
The economy sucks, but sometimes change is good!